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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates from Greater Manchester and east Cheshire have finished for the day, but we will be back from 8:00 on Friday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region. 

    In the meantime, you can get in touch via emailFacebook or Twitter.

  2. Weather: Outbreaks of rain

    BBC Weather

    Dry at first this evening, but outbreaks of rain will soon spread.

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    Video caption: Weather forecast for Thursday 1 September 2016

    Some brief heavy bursts are likely, but the rain should start to clear towards dawn. 

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  3. Taxi firm hit with £315,000 bill for water

    Manchester Evening News

    Bosses at a taxi firm got a shock when they were presented with a £315,000 water bill for three months.  

  4. Former Greenmount professional and cricket captain dies

    Bury Times

    Former Greenmount cricket captain and professional Terry Stewart has died, aged 75, after a battle with cancer.

  5. Lifetime ban for maths teacher who slapped pupil

    A maths teacher who slapped a pupil in the face after "squaring up" to him has been banned from the profession.

    Failsworth School

    Michael Nosiama, 31, was found guilty of hitting the boy at Failsworth School in Oldham in April 2015 after becoming agitated by his disruption in class.

    National College for Teaching panel was shown footage of an "angry" Mr Nosiama "goading" the pupil and making "violent physical contact".

    It said he was a "continuing risk" and banned him from teaching for life.

  6. Attempted murder charge over stabbing

    A man's been charged with attempted murder after a stabbing in north Manchester.

    Carslake Road

    A 30-year-old man was wounded in his stomach during the incident in Carslake Road in Harpurhey on Monday.

    A 30-year old is due to appear in court later this month.

  7. £1bn MediaCityUK expansion approved

    A £1bn expansion of the MediaCityUK has been approved by councillors in Salford.

    MediaCityUK

    The site is set to "double in size" by 2026 with ten new buildings including two tower blocks, 1,400 properties and a multi-storey car park.

    More than 7,000 people, including about 3,000 BBC and 900 ITV staff, are employed at the £650m site which first opened in 2011.

    MPs in Salford called for the expansion to include more jobs for local people.

    Salford Council said plans to expand MediaCityUK formed the second phase of a 20-year plan to transform the former docklands.

  8. Latest headlines for Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    •  A man is charged with attempted murder after a stabbing in North Manchester
    • A petition is launched to stop plans to close NHS walk-in centres in Prestwich and Bury town centre
  9. 'I dread opening my curtains' - Network Rail relents to petition pressure over 'sickening fence'

    Bolton News

    A metal fence that was erected metres from the front of people's homes in Farnworth will be removed after a petition.  

  10. New cycleways officially open in Greater Manchester

    Six new cycleways have officially been opened across Greater Manchester.

    Bridewater canal, Trafford

    The scheme is part of a £42m project to encourage more people to ride their bikes safely.  

    The routes include a path alongside the Bridgewater Canal in Trafford, a link through Mersey Valley in Stockport and a cycle lane along Great Clowes Street in Salford.

  11. Labour mayoral candidate calls on Theresa May to support Northern Powerhouse

    Andy Burnham has demanded the prime minister honours the Conservatives' promises to the north of England at the last general election.

    MP"s Andy Burnham (R) and Steve Rotheram

    The Labour MP and metro mayoral candidate for Greater Manchester, alongside his Labour counterpart in Liverpool, Steve Rotheram MP, said Theresa May pulling the plug on the Northern Powerhouse agenda would be, "as big a betrayal as the 1980s when Margaret Thatcher pulled the plug on our industries". 

    The two MPs, elected by the Labour Party to stand as their candidates in the new mayor posts for the Manchester and Liverpool city regions, suggested a "summer of speculation" had cast doubt about the new prime minister's commitment to the idea.

    Mrs May has vowed to press ahead with the Northern Powerhouse plan.

  12. Latest headlines in Greater Manchester and east Cheshire

    • The Labour candidates, who are running to become mayors for Greater Manchester and Liverpool, are jointly calling on the government to honour its promise to build a new HS3 high-speed rail line across the Pennines
    • A local MP is calling for new access roads to be built before the RHS Garden Bridgewater opens in the Boothstown area of Salford
    • Oldham Council's to begin work next week on restoring the war memorial in Crompton
  13. Football: Bolton sign Ben Alnwick, Sammy Ameobi, James Henry, Tom Thorpe and Keshi Anderson

    BBC Sport

    Bolton have signed Peterborough keeper Ben Alnwick, wingers Sammy Ameobi and James Henry on loan until January, plus striker Keshi Anderson and defender Tom Thorpe on season-long loan deals.

    Ben Alnwick

    Alnwick, 29, played 84 league games for Posh but was released on Wednesday.

    Ameobi, 24, has made 67 appearances for Newcastle, while Henry, 27, has featured in over 100 games for Wolves.

    Rotherham's Thorpe, 23, has played 10 matches, but Crystal Palace's Anderson, 21, has yet to play for the club.

  14. Weather: Dry, bright and feeling warm

    BBC Weather

    Much of the afternoon will be dry and bright making it feel pleasantly warm in the sunshine.

    There will be the odd spot of rain towards dusk and rain overnight.

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    Video caption: Weather forecast for Thursday 1 September 2016

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  15. Recovering addict who burgled his grandmother's house vows to turn his life around

    Manchester Evening News

    A recovering heroin addict who burgled his 89-year-old grandmother’s house and left her struggling to pay the bills has apologised.

  16. Olympians call for 'everyday cycling' investment in UK

    Some of Britain's top cyclists have written to Prime Minister Theresa May calling for the government to create "a legacy of everyday cycling".

    Laura Trott and Jason Kenny

    The group of Olympians - including gold medallists Jason Kenny from Bolton and his fiancee Laura Trott - said encouraging more people to use bikes instead of cars would be "the best way" to honour their success.

    They called on the PM to address "chronic underfunding" in cycling.

    The Department for Transport said investment had tripled since 2010.

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